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ONE MORE WIN

Tuesday, 04.08.2014 / 9:45 AM
By Anthony SanFilippo - Philadelphia Flyers Inside Reporter / Flyers Inside Out
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ONE MORE WIN

Win and they’re in.

It’s that simple now for the Flyers.

With four games remaining in the season the Flyers need just one win to clinch a playoff berth. There are other ways they can clinch as well, but the simplest form is win one game to guarantee it.

Win one game and their captain, Claude Giroux, makes good on his promise that seemed so ridiculous at 1-7-0 in October.

Win one game and they have as just as good a chance as any of the other 15 teams that are in the post season tournament to be hoisting the Stanley Cup in two months.

That doesn’t mean just win tonight and cruise for the rest of the week. There’s still a legitimate shot at catching the New York Rangers for second place in the Metropolitan Division and earning home ice.

So, every game still matters.

But really, the Flyers couldn’t ask for this to be any other way. There’s no need to watch scoreboards. This is all within their control. Now they just have to go out and execute.

Now, some people want to know the other clinching scenarios, and while they exist, the only way they can clinch tonight is win.

However, an overtime or shootout loss gets them closer too.

Basically, here’s all you need to know: the magic number is two.

That means any combination of points earned by the Flyers or lost by both Washington and New Jersey totaling two and the Flyers are in. The magic number over Toronto is one.

In short, the only way the Flyers miss the playoffs at this point is to go 0-3-1 or 0-4 in their final four games while the Devils win out or Washington goes at least 3-0-1 in their final four games. The only way for Toronto to pass the Flyers is for them to go 3-0 and the Flyers to go 0-4.

As you can see, the scenarios are quite unlikely, although still possible, so nothing can be taken for granted.

But it’s important that the Flyers also don’t limp into the playoffs on the strength of just one win in these final four games.

The Columbus Blue Jackets are only two points behind the Flyers and although the first tiebreaker currently belongs to the Flyers, that could change, which could drop the Flyers into a Wild Card scenario meaning a first round matchup with either Boston or Pittsburgh instead of New York.

The Jackets can also catch the Rangers, but need some help as they are four points back with a game in hand, but the Rangers hold the tiebreaker over them, so it’s unlikely that a Flyers-Jackets first round matchup would happen.

Meanwhile, the Flyers-Rangers, which is the most likely first round matchup, will have home ice determined over these final four games. Currently, the Rangers would win the tiebreaker over the Flyers with more regulation and overtime wins (ROW), however the Flyers could pass them with a strong finish (the Flyers could have 41. The Rangers currently have 39 with only three games to play).

If the two teams finish tied in ROW, the second tiebreaker is points earned in head-to-head matchups. The Flyers and Rangers split their four meetings with each team winning twice in regulation, meaning they would have to move on to the third tiebreaker. However, the third tiebreaker would go to the Rangers, which is goal differential. Currently the Rangers are a plus-22 while the Flyers are Even.

But that’s all talk for the rest of the week. For now the Flyers have to focus on one thing and one thing only – beating Florida tonight.

To contact Anthony SanFilippo, email asanfilippo@comcast-spectacor.com or follow him on Twitter @InsideTheFlyers

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 MTL 64 41 18 5 172 142 87
2 NYR 63 39 17 7 197 155 85
3 NYI 65 41 21 3 207 182 85
4 TBL 65 39 20 6 213 171 84
5 DET 62 36 15 11 182 160 83
6 PIT 63 36 18 9 182 158 81
7 WSH 65 35 20 10 193 162 80
8 BOS 62 31 22 9 165 161 71
9 FLA 64 28 23 13 156 181 69
10 OTT 62 28 23 11 176 167 67
11 PHI 64 27 25 12 170 186 66
12 NJD 64 27 27 10 144 165 64
13 TOR 64 26 33 5 173 195 57
14 CBJ 63 26 33 4 163 201 56
15 CAR 62 24 31 7 144 167 55
16 BUF 64 19 40 5 123 215 43

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Voracek 64 19 46 6 65
C. Giroux 63 18 42 2 60
W. Simmonds 64 25 18 -2 43
M. Streit 64 9 32 -5 41
B. Schenn 64 12 23 -6 35
S. Couturier 64 13 16 2 29
M. Del Zotto 52 8 17 -6 25
M. Read 64 6 18 -9 24
M. Raffl 49 14 5 6 19
V. Lecavalier 46 7 10 -9 17
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
S. Mason 12 13 8 .924 2.27
R. Emery 10 10 4 .893 3.15
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